CrystalDiskMark is a small benchmark utility for drives and enables rapid measurement of sequential and random read/write speeds. Note that CDM only supports Native Command Queuing (NCQ) with a queue depth of 32 (as noted) for the last listed benchmark score. This can skew some results in favor of controllers that also do not support NCQ.
Benchmark Results: Unlike the SandForce bases drives the Plextor M2 Series doesn’t rely on compression to boost performance so the CrystalDiskMark scores look pretty much the same as the ATTO scores.
PCMark Vantage v1.01 measures the performance of the latest PC hardware across a variety of common scenarios. PCMark Vantage supports both system level and component level benchmarking and comprises several different test suites but for the purposes of this review, we stuck with just the HDD suite. The nice thing about PCMark Vantage is that you can submit your scores online and compare against others.
Benchmark Results: Unable to match the Vertex drives, the M2 Series put up numbers that really aren’t better than the majority of the SATA 3Gbps drives.